Style & Beauty
How to Get Stick Straight Hair
8/6/2018 10:39:01 AM
Straight Hair


After nearly a decade of beachy waves, sleek, straight, and shiny hair has made a huge comeback. And while curls are beautiful in their own right, straight hair often gets a bad rap as "boring.” But long or short, super straight locks are elegant and bold. 

However, achieving stick straight hair can take its toll. Flat irons – hair tools that straighten hair between two incredibly hot panels – are a quick, easy way to straighten even the curliest locks, but incorrect or overuse can cause major breakage. Here’s how to use a flat iron without damaging your hair.   
 
Invest
Buying a flat iron can be pretty costly, but investing in a tool with titanium or ceramic plates could actually save you money on hair treatments in the long run. Ceramic plates heat more evenly than cheaper, metal plates, meaning you’ll need fewer passes over your hair to get it straight. Look for pure ceramic panels, rather than aluminum coated in ceramic, since the ceramic can chip, leaving spaces where hot metal can damage hair.

Titanium flat irons are even more expensive, but because titanium is an amazing conductor of heat, you’ll end up with salon-level straight hair with no frizzy or puffy areas. 

And remember, just because your flat iron can heat to 450 degrees doesn’t mean it should. Those temps were generally intended for salons, and if used on a day-to-day basis, could lead to long-term damage. The best temperature for daily straightening is around 300-350 degrees. 

Dry
Trying to straighten hair that isn’t fully dry is a recipe for a sizzling, burning disaster. If your hair sounds like eggs in a skillet when you straighten, stop! 

But blow dryers can also be to blame for damaged tresses. Air drying, especially if you’re planning on heat styling, is your best bet. If you don’t have time to air dry, rough-dry hair with a blow dryer instead of pointing heat directly at strands pulled taut with a hairbrush. It’s less likely to cause damage. 

Prep
Even if you’ve let your hair air-dry, it’s still vulnerable to damage from an incredibly hot flat iron. To avoid dull, frizzy strands, it’s best to use a heat protectant before flat-ironing. Protecting spray containing silicones, which coat strands and conduct heat more slowly, have been proven to prevent damage, even at higher temps. But if you find that silicones dull your hair, there are plenty of great silicone-free products out there, such as salon favorite Living Proof Straight Spray.

After-Care
Heat and humidity are natural enemies of straight hair. There’s nothing worse than spending 30 minutes or more creating the perfect sleek style only to step outside into hot, damp air and end up with a frizzy mess.

To weatherproof your strands, finish with a shine serum or lightweight hairspray to coat strands and help weigh them down against humidity.

A great flat iron doesn’t just mean endlessly straight strands. You can also use your flat iron to create ringlets and loose waves for when you’re ready to switch up your look.
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